Caught in the whirls of faith

Category: Spontaneous Moments


Photo and caption by Pankaj Khot

My wife and I were walking down the streets of Istanbul’s busy Sultanahmet area in one August evening in 2012 when we spotted a group of dervishes performing a traditional ceremony. I captured this frame as the dervishes began whirling in a trance-like state. This expression on this dervish’s face showed that he had found his peace amidst the psychedelic lights illuminating his milky white robes, the swelling crowds and the sounds of a lively city.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey


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